Top 5 Control Engineering content: August 14-20, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week include SCADA, PLC programming and more.

By David Miller August 21, 2023

Control Engineering’s top 5 pieces of content over the past week covered SCADA, PLC programming and more.

1. SCADA’s role in Industry 4.0, manufacturing applications

Data plays a vital role in the digitalization of industrial facilities and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems will be at the center.

2. How to automate: Best Control Engineering advice, August 2023

Tempting as it is, I won’t duplicate the table of contents, but below see some of my favorite advice from this “How to automate” issue of Control Engineering. Industrial PCs, motion control, industrial networking, PLCs, edge computing and automation troubleshooting are among topics.

3. Justifying the changing landscape of control system modernization

While some justifications for control system modernization projects have remained virtually unchanged for decades, others such as workforce shortages, cybersecurity and sustainability are relatively new considerations. See 6 control system update justifications.

4. PLC programming language fundamentals for improved operations, maintenance

Programmable logic controller (PLC) programming languages help keep manufacturing operations running smoothly. Learn about the five types of PLC programming languages and how they’re used.

5. Are you prepared for the future of manufacturing?

To avoid falling behind, manufacturers need to familiarize themselves with automation trends such as cybersecurity, analytics, MES/ERP integration and robotics.